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Bush Administration Torture

Almost is Not Enough

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Healey

As we move into the new year, with a new administration and a new outlook on the world, let us work toward "no on torture" both at home and around the world.

The Beginning of the End?

Gabriel London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel London

With prisons running at just under double capacity for the last decade, judges have ruled that California has been unable to meet the health and mental care needs of its whopping 157,000 inmates.

Cheney: Chief of Churls

John Seery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Seery

It's becoming clearer and clearer that official acts of cruelty had little to do, either in intent or effect, with enhancing national security or producing reliable intelligence.

A Truth Commission to Investigate Bush-Cheney Administration Abuses

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

The Huffington Post community has played a vital role pursuing, demanding, and exposing the Bush-Cheney administration's numerous abuses. But there's still more we don't know, and more we must uncover.

Hold the Intelligence Community Accountable

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric C. Anderson

It's time for Congress to hold the intelligence community accountable and Senator Leahy may be offering just the means to accomplish that task.

Who's Running Guantanamo?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

On January 20, the answer to that question seemed obvious. However, on January 29, the Commissions' recently appointed chief judge provided the first challenge to the president's plans.

Cheney Sets the Trap

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You'd think that the at-long-last-former Vice President of the US might take his eight years of power and his 13 points of public approval and slink off to one of those undisclosed locations he liked so much.

Officials: Obama Will Continue Using Rendition As Counter-Terrorism Tool

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The CIA's secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a win...

A New Approach to Terrorism

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kerry Kennedy

A war on terror which undermines the most basic values of society -- life, liberty, the rule of law -- is not worth waging if we end up creating a society which mirrors the repression we battled in the first place.

Obama Lawyers Set To Defend Bush 'Torture Memo' Author In Court

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In Democratic legal circles, no attorney has been more pilloried than former Bush Justice Department official John Yoo, chief author of the so-called ...

Chaos and Lies: Why Obama Was Right To Halt The Guantanamo Trials

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

In one of his first acts as president, Obama ordered prosecutors in Guantanamo's Military Commission trials to ask for a four-month stay on all proceedings.

Bush Hangs on to False Images in Farewell

Jonathan Diamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Diamond

When my country is threatened and someone tells me we can stop the threat by torturing people, maybe we ought to think a little bit before acting on our conscience's call to "protect the homeland!"

Memo to Obama: Moving Forward Doesn't Mean You Can't Also Look Back

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Will Obama's promise to protect and defend the Constitution include an investigation into the assaults on it perpetrated by members of the Bush administration?

E-Samizdat works!

Dave Belden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dave Belden

If an MLK led a Selma march today and the media ignored it, as they have ignored so many anti-war and anti-torture protests these last years, would it...

Maybe, Going Forward, We Should Just Let Bernie Madoff Off?

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

I understand it's smart for Obama to hold his cards close on torture and war crimes prosecutions, but the reason that's being given for not pursuing them makes little sense.

Seven Years of Guantanamo, Seven Years of Torture and Lies

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Seven years later, it should be abundantly clear that none of the defenders of Guantanamo who indulged in hysterical rhetoric had any idea what they were talking about.

Obama Prompted To Prosecute Bush

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With few exceptions the transition period has been a model of presidential goodwill and cooperation. Apparently, the curious users who have been submi...

Regarding Panetta: Let's Not Forget About Gates

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Placing an inexperienced person like Leon Panetta at CIA for his clean hands and "managerial expertise" will cost lives on the day of the next domestic terrorist attack.

Welcome to George W. Bush Camp

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

What is this group? It's none other than the George W. Bush Society. Their yearly gala (that happens every six months...'fuzzy math') is a riot!

The Bush Presidency in Four Words

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

The one word Americans use most to describe President Bush is "incompetent." While no compliment, the word fails to convey the condemnation warranted by the last eight years.

Cheney Throws Down Gauntlet, Defies Prosecution for War Crimes

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Why is Cheney so sanguine about admitting he is a war criminal? Because he's confident that either President Bush will preemptively pardon him or President-elect Obama won't prosecute him.

Clint and Cheney: a Tale of Two Dicks

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The VP and Eastwood's character are both gruff, prickly, taciturn, sandpaper-voiced men, given to conservative views, macho posturing, and a narrow view of right and wrong. And they both always seem on the verge of telling people around them to go f**k themselves. Read More Will The Madoff Debacle Finally End The "Who Could Have Known?" Era? Iraq. Fannie Mae. Citigroup. Bernie Madoff. When you look at the elements that were crucial to the creation of each of these debacles, it's amazing how much in common they all have. And not just in how they began but in how they ended: with those responsible being amazed at what happened, because...who could have known? Read More Watch: Arianna Talks New Media and Politics with Ashton Kutcher

Bush Says "So What?" Cheney Says "So?"

Chris Durang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Durang

Will we ignore the significant wrong-doing done in this administration? Will we end up with our own "So what?" and "So?" There must be accountability.

Bush: On the Line

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

President Bush and his henchmen are working overtime to ensure that the full extent of damage inflicted upon detainees never sees the light of day.

Breaking the Law: Bush Officials Feel the Heat

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Wallechinsky

If you happen to be either a terrorist seeking martyrdom or a Bush official who authorized the torture of the accused and would prefer that testimony regarding the torture not surface in a trial.